After 1 year of conservative treatment, and not being able to sit, and having sciatica pain in my left leg, and buttox, and in the "sit bone area", a EMG showed chronic nerve problems at L5 S1. MRI showed severe bilateral foramidable stenosis. On January 15th, 2009, I had a lami, at L5 S1, and a foraminatomy at S1. The neurosurgeon said the compression was severe, but he did not believe the damage would be permanent. I have had many improvements, but still have limited sitting. Hamstrings are so tight, and I work them at least 4 times a day. Piriformis is now at 100%, and I am walking more. I still have swelling around the lower back, and buttox, and I do ice it, and although I have asked for a Medrol pak or something for the swelling, the Dr. wants me to lose the swelling with PT. So, my question is, at 16 weeks out from the surgery, should all of this be resolved, or am I just impatient. From reading the post, I am starting to find out, that the back can take 6 months to a year to feel better, just as the surgeon said, but I just feel that I should be so much better. Did anyone else have pain in the "sit bone area", or groin area, and struggle with the sitting issue. I can only sit for maybe 30 minutes at a time, and not all the time. By 6PM, I am done. Swelling is up, and sitting is over!! Also, has anyone had swelling last this long? The Dr. said some people have swelling for 6 months!